fried zucchini rounds with yogurt dip

fried zucchini rounds

Fresh, local, zucchini is in abundance this time of the year.  Janine, my friend, and neighbour asked if I would like some zucchini from her garden.  Of course, I said yes!  Mr. S and I love zucchini and I’ve served it many, many ways.  The afternoon Janine brought over her freshly harvested zucchini, I knew…

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roasted vegetable stacks with goat cheese

roasted vegetable stacks with goats cheese

I am in veggie heaven with these roasted vegetable stacks and in one recipe I get the daily recommended servings of vegetables; my kind of dish.  Although the end of Summer means goodbye to warmer days (sigh), its departure signals the bounty of the harvest (yay!).  It’s the perfect time of the year to grab…

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grilled zucchini roll-ups – a summer snack

grilled zucchini roll-ups

The farmers’ markets these days are showing off the bounty of the harvest.  It’s a favourite time of the year for me and for all who enjoy eating locally produced food.  The market is a perfect way to re-engage with the farmers, to ask questions about their produce, meat or fish and leave with a…

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baked summer squash – stuffed to perfection!

baked summer squash stuffed with pork

Summer squash is available all year round which sounds a bit confusing.  The name refers to a squash harvested when it’s not fully mature.  The skin is soft and thin while the flesh is a softer texture.  Some of the most popular and familiar varieties are:  zucchini, pattypan squash, cousa squash, crookneck squash.  Summer squash…

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stuffed zucchini blossoms

Stuffed Zucchini Blossoms…sounds so heavenly.  Summer squash which includes zucchini, is now available in local markets and food shops – they are for me, one of the highlights of the season.  They’re delicate, come in different varieties, tender, juicy, and sweet.  But before the summer squash is formed, the plant produces blossoms. If you’re lucky…

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Baked Vegetable Custard

Years ago I bought a book to hold all my scraps of paper that I scribbled recipes on or ones I cut from magazines and newspapers.  I remember, after the last recipe was glued down, how triumphant it felt to see my collection in one place.   The other day I went through one I started…

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Zucchini Goat Cheese Bruschetta

Bruschetta (pronounced brusketta), is an Italian antipasto where grilled slices of bread are rubbed with garlic and a splash of olive oil added.  Who would have thought a simple Tuscan recipe of grilled bread could turn out to be so magical.  TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDelicious

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Zucchini Noodles and Avocado Dressing

zucchini noodle salad with avocado dressing

I love pasta and could eat tons of it and not gain an ounce when I was younger – attributed to a high metabolism and being very active.  However, this menopausal woman isn’t able to boast that statement any longer without increasing my waistline.  Sooo, I cook it when I am craving it leaving me…

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Zucchini Tomato Pizzas

I had pizza on the brain the other day but wasn’t in the mood to make the dough and prep the toppings.  While I was at the grocery store trying to figure out how I could satisfy my pizza craving without doing too much work, I spotted a lovely display of zucchinis.  And there was…

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Grilled Vegetable Stacks with a Feta Salsa

It’s been a scorcher the last two weeks but that hasn’t stopped us from being outdoors.  Summer for us automatically means using the barbeque more – and we grill anything! Of course we grill the usual suspects such as meat, chicken, fish and veggies.  But we also love grilled bread, pizza, artichokes, onions, romaine lettuce,…

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